Viduka Should Forget About Australia


Australia who were 3-0 winners over Qatar in their opening group match in Melbourne last month, are due to play China on March 26th.

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Mark Viduka – never fit for Newcastle never mind Australia

But Australia’s Dutch coach Verbeek has confirmed he will not be calling on Newcastle’s Mark Viduka for that game.

That seems to us like non-news since Mark has consistently been unfit for several weeks for Newcastle with what is said to be a slight hamstring injury. We have no idea if he’ll be fit for tomorrow’s game at Liverpool but we doubt it.

In a time of great need for Newcastle United, Mark has simply been unavailable because of injury. This season he has made just 20 appearances for the club, with only 13 of them being starts, and he’s scored 5 goals.

Verbeek said to the Sydney Morning Herald today:

“I have made an appointment to see Mark in April, but we don’t need him for a game like this,”

Viduka was Australia’s captain for the 2006 World Cup, but he is so injury prone these days that it’s hardly even ethical to think of playing for Australia, when he cannot even turn out for his club team, who pay him a reported £65K/week. He’s hardly earned those wages this season.

We think Mark must be a lot more productive for Newcastle this season in our last 10 games, when we need him most, and forget about his career with Australia – it should be over and he should concentrate on earning his huge wages at Newcastle.

In fact there are rumors that Kevin Keegan may unload Mark in the summer, simply because he never seems available due to niggly injuries.

Comments welcome.



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5 comments so far

  • faustino

    Mar 7, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Come on! We all know we won’t see him on the pitch until the weather warms up a bit.

    On another note, am I the only one who remembers him retiring from international football?

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  • thelongshanks

    Mar 7, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Match live on setanta ireland tomorrow so cant wait.

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  • figsdad

    Mar 7, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Get rid he only signed for us for the money..

    send him back to boro….

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  • scott 9

    Mar 7, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #4

    if on ly we could have a fully fit owen viduka and emre the goals would be flying in

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  • Ste

    Mar 7, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Sadly viduka isn’t the player he was and he does seem to be enjoying his last big pay day before he hangs his boots up. I was excited when sign him as I saw him as a similar style player as Shearer (which is something we have missed for 2 seasons now). But sadly when he does play he looks like he doesn’t want to be there! Let’s been honest another disappointing massive wage for the Toon to watch warm the bench week in week out!

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